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Troop distributes thousands of books

Members of Troop 40508 shared their love of reading by walking with the Readmoble in Chattanooga’s Christmas parade and handing out about 3,500 children’s books! Read 20, a Chattanooga literacy group, sponsors the Readmobile.

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Union Cookie Story

What Can a Cookie Do?

Submitted by: Troop Leader Shannon Wilson, Troop 21086

What can a cookie do? That question was the theme of our cookie sale last year. Here’s the story of what our cookies did. Our troop of nine girls sold about about 7,000 boxes of cookies. We sold to everyone we knew and a lot of people we didn’t. We worked every cookie booth we possibly could, even when it rained and snowed and was freezing cold (and we were tired and grumpy). And we did it. We reached our fundraising goal…and then we spent every penny we made.

Part of the money went toward community service projects for our local humane society and Children’s Advocacy Center. The animals got lots of toys, blankets, and supplies. Our local libraries got a brochure that taught kids about how to choose and care for a new pet. The Children’s Center got some new planters and flowers for outside to help “cheer it up” a little bit. We learned about how the humane society and the Children’s Center help our community, and we learned that we feel great when we help others!
 

The rest of the money was spent in Washington, D.C., where we joined the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Every girl from our troop went, and we spent five days and four nights in our nation’s capital. The girls planned it all. We looked at guide books and chose what we wanted to see. When we wanted to see everything, we voted and narrowed down the list to one that we could actually complete in five days. We wrote to a congresswoman from west Tennessee and asked if we could meet her while we were there, and came up with questions to ask her. We talked about what to eat and where to stay, and how to do it all for less money. We figured out how to do it for $250 per person! The Girl Scouts didn’t have to pay anything, though, because the proceeds from the cookie sale covered all of our costs.

We rode the MegaBus to get there and back, and stayed in a hotel with kitchens so we could cook our own meals. We packed lunches and had picnics every day, and we drank a lot of water (it was healthier and saved money). We went to the White House, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo. We went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watched the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. We rode the Metro everywhere and took a bus once, too. We got really good at reading the maps. We met Girl Scouts from 27 other states and even some from another country! We learned a bunch of new Girl Scout songs. We took a dinner cruise around the edge of Washington to see the city from the water. There was a dance party on the ship and some really great food!

We all got to meet with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, too. We saw her office – and from there – walked through an underground tunnel to another building where we got to see the room where the Energy Committee meets and makes decisions for our country. We got to interview Congresswoman Blackburn and ask her all of our questions. She went to college on a 4-H scholarship! While we were there, we also got to meet a Capitol Police Department female officer, who talked with us about her job and about how important it is to stay in school and out of trouble.

Girl Scouts at the White House

At Arlington National Cemetery

Girl Scouts at Lincoln Memorial

Amelia Earhart's Plane

Mock Oval Office

Girl Scouts on a Cruise

A lot of us had never been outside of Tennessee before. Or ridden on a bus. Or stayed in a hotel. Or been on a boat. None of us had ever seen anything like what we saw in the museums or at the monuments. A lot of our parents came on our trip, too – they said they probably would never have the chance to go again for just $250. Without Girl Scouting and the cookie sale, we’re pretty sure none of us would have been able to go!

Girl Scouts meet Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

During our trip, we earned the Inside Government Badge, the Digital Photography Badge, the Savvy Shopper Badge and parts of several others. Even more importantly, though, we learned about our country and its history. We got to see our nation’s capital. We got to talk to women who are incredible role models for us. We learned that, as Girl Scouts, we are part of something powerful and important and global. We learned that women and girls can – and do – make a difference in our world. We learned about how to make a budget, and how to use financial resources wisely. We learned how to set a goal, and how to work for that goal until we achieve it. We learned that it’s worth it to stick with something, even when it’s hard and we’re tired, because in the end the reward is worth the effort.

Girl Scout Cookies did that for us. That’s a pretty powerful cookie…..

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Troop Creates Gingerbread Girl Scout Camp

Troop 20628 turned a popular area at Camp Tanasi into a fantastic gingerbread village for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Fantasy of Trees. The girls recreated Echo Cove, complete with its three cabins and fire ring. Thousands of visitors admired the girls’ creativity at the Thanksgiving weekend event in Knoxville.

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Council Girl Scouts have global impact; inspire others at home

People all across the globe will benefit from the hard work of Gatlinburg Girl Scouts Mason Green and Kestrel Troutman.To celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary, the girls helped collect more than 100 pairs of shoes and 100 pounds of clothing, and then drove 100 miles to donate the items to the Nashville-based Soles4Souls/Clothes4Souls—a charity serving more than 125 nations.

Mason and Kestrel toured the facility and helped get their shoe delivery ready for distribution. They far exceeded their foal of collecting 100 pairs of shoes by collecting 262. Our founder would be proud!

Looking for a service project? Learn about Soles4Souls.


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Troop Works Extra Hard in Cookie Program to Fund Community Service

Submitted by Sandy Coulter, Troop Leader

Troop 21136 puts community service first – even when planning for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. At the beginning of the 2011 cookie season, the girls decided they wanted make improvements at Lenoir City Park.

We started with building butterfly boxes we learned about at Ijams Nature Center on a hike. Then, we wanted to repair a 40- foot wooden pedestrian bridge. However, after further inspection, we noticed that we needed to rebuild the entire bridge. So we really needed to push cookies to have the funds to do this project.

I worked closely with Steve Harrelson at the Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Department. He asked if we could come up with a way to build hand rails for a concrete pedestrian bridge at the park. We decided to rent a Bobcat auger and install concrete poles just before the bridge for safety and to keep people from driving across the bridge.

At this point we saw our budget for this project increase and needed to step it up on cookies. We booked more cookie booths and picked up a lot more cookies! We held our signs up and drew people in with our “pleases” and “thank you’s.” We let everyone know what we were trying to accomplish with our cookie money.

The troop spent more than $1,000 dollars in cookie money and invested 300 hours to complete the park projects.

But girl scouts isn’t all about the hard work of building bridges and cookie booths. We have lots of fun. We used some of our cookie funds for a swimming trip and to attend Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum.

We use our cookie money and fall sale money to pay for earned patches and fun patches for events that we do as a troop—and had funds to cover financial aid for girls who can’t afford uniforms or other program costs.

The troop still has cookie money left and is planning a trip to Laser Quest.

The cookie sale push increased our Gift of Caring donations. We delivered 40 pounds of cookies to the Good Samaritan Food Bank in Lenoir City.

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Troops Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Birthday

Troops  20740, 20518, and 20478 celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday with a big party at Community Evangelistic Church in Knoxville. Girls learned about Juliette’s life, made two crafts, shared a game, and even had a Halloween/first aid themed treat. Some girls came in their Halloween costumes and all the girls brought food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Juliette Gordon Low was born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. ”Daisy,” as she was affectionately called, was the second of six children. Family members on her father’s side were early settlers in Georgia, and her mother’s family played an important role in the founding of Chicago.

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Troop Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

When it comes to women and breast cancer, the statistics are startling. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about one of every eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. And a women’s risk of developing the disease increases as she gets older. Even Girl Scouts’ lively and energetic founder, Juliette Low, died of breast cancer.

Troop 21087 worked to educate women about this issue by supporting the Pink Ribbon Celebration on October 11 at the Knoxville Expo Center, a celebration for breast cancer survivors. They even made special table tying raising breast cancer awareness to Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary

The girls operated  very busy silent auction and ticket auction tables.

“The girls not only volunteered for a good cause, but showed off their recently earned Social Butterfly Badge skills by joining guests in the dining area,” says troop leader Ginger Klein. “Girls felt comfortable in this social setting, while they enjoyed speakers and musical talent.”

Girl Scout troop volunteers to honor breast cancer survivors are raise cancer awareness.

Girls decorate a table showcasing Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary.

Girl Scouts are at ease at the gala after earning the Social Butterfly Badge

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Troop Wins Contest

Girl Scout Troop 20321 took first place in the youth/student division of Morristown’s Parks and Recreation’s “Scarecrows in the Park” competition. Their winning entry, entitled “Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts,” is on display through October at Fred Miller Park.

The photo shows a leader and representative from each level in the troop (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior.)

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Daisies Beautify School

Members of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 20496 are proving that even the youngest Girl Scouts can lead.They spend the evening of October 9 creating a beautiful flower bed around the Karns Elementary School sign. What did they plant? Daisies, of course!

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Bronze Award Girl Scout Inspires Mom

When children reach milestones parents celebrate, too. Below is a letter from a mom sharing the thrill of watching her daughter blossom into a young leader earning the Bronze Award.

Hi,

My name is Julie Maxwell. My daughter, Josalyn Smith, earned her Bronze Award this summer. During research for the award, she discussed her love of horses.

Josalyn contacted Horse Haven of Tennessee and asked if she could collect donations for them. She was able to get a list of items they needed, and then contacted Tractor Supply and arranged a Saturday to set up a booth at the Maynardville Pike location. She made flyers and a poster for the booth.

During her booth she passed out flyers, educating the community about what Horse Haven is, where they are located, its mission, and how to help.

The donations she collected that day were overwhelming. She collected an entire truck load of supplies.The following week, she was invited to attend Adoption Day at Horse Haven. Josalyn officially presented the donations and spent the day washing and grooming horses, getting them ready for their forever homes.

As a parent, I am so proud of my daughter. As a Girl Scout alum, I am so honored that the Bronze Award exists. This opportunity has given my daughter such a boost in confidence that no matter the age, anyone can make a difference. The day she arrived with with supplies, several of the staff were in tears. They said they never get truckloads of donations. “It’s just something that doesn’t happen around here,” they said. The volunteers really made Josalyn feel like she had made a difference.

Julie Smith Maxwell
Knoxville

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